FAQ’s Primary Phase
Are the teachers nice?
Yes, the teachers are lovely! Some of the teachers have been at Cavendish for many years. They will all look after you and help you when you start.
What time does school open and what time does school start
At the moment due to Covid Restrictions, the Reception Year starts between 8.40 and 8.50am
What time does school finish?
At the moment due to the Covid19 Restrictions, the Reception Year finishes between 2:45pm and 2:55pm.
How many children are in each class?
There are 30 pupils in each class.
How many classes are there in each year group within the Primary Phase?
There are two classes for each year group in the Primary Phase
Is there a staggered start for Reception Pupils?
Yes – the EYFS Lead arranges this and it is during September.
Is there a Breakfast and Afterschool club available?
Yes – our Breakfast club starts at 7:30am and the Afterschool club runs from 3pm to 6:30pm
Charges made for the Breakfast and Afterschool club
Please note that the charges are fixed for the club session and not based on an hourly rate.
How many adults are in the classroom each day?
There is one teacher and one Teaching Assistant for each Reception class. Therefore, as an all through space this means there are four members of staff in the 2 Reception classes.
Do the pupils have access to the outside space?
Yes – the Reception pupils have their own secure outside space that at the front of the school. Other pupils do not use this space. However, for lunchtime the children go to the playground at the rear of the school.
What extra-curricular clubs do we have and outside activities?
There is normally a wide range of clubs and activities and these are advertised on the noticeboard in the school Reception area. However due to current restrictions no clubs are taking place.
Do the pupils get reading books to read at home?
Yes – there are books kept in the classroom and the children are encouraged to choose a book to take home and read with their parents/carers.
Do the pupils have PE during school time?
Yes – the teachers arrange to take PE during school time. There will be many different activities.
Do the children need a PE Kit?
Yes – the children will need a school PE T-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls for PE. These can be kept at school in their PE drawstring bag and on their peg. We suggest that the children take their PE kit home once a term for washing.
Where are the toilets for the Reception Pupils?
The toilets are situated in the middle of the classrooms between the Elmer and Tiddler classes.
How do I buy my school dinners? Are they nice?
For Reception Year to Year 2 Universal Free School Meals (FSM) are available. This means that your child will receive a free meal each day at school (lunchtime) all the way through to Year 2. From Year 3 onwards payment is required for lunch.
How do I order a lunch for my child?
Each day the teacher will ask the children if they are having a hot meal for lunch or if they brought in their own packed lunch. The Catering team normally offer different lunch choices so the children can choose each day.
Is there a snack during the morning?
Yes – there is fruit available daily for the children to eat during the morning. This can vary from bananas, raisins, apples and oranges.
Can my child have fresh milk each day?
Free and subsidised milk is available. School milk is available FREE for children under age 5 and around £14 per term for the over 5’s. Parents/Carers need to register and pay online.
What kind of support do we have if a child is struggling with their work?
Communication is key between the pupil and the school – so as soon as you hear of any struggles please send an email to the teacher notifying them. Staff can then put strategies in place and pass on information to other staff if need be.
Can you wear your hair down?
No – pupils need to tie their hair up during the school day.
What is the school uniform?
The school colours are navy blue and grey. We would like the boys to wear grey trousers or shorts and the girls to wear grey skirts, pinafore dresses or grey trousers. We have a navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan with the school badge. We are happy for pupils to wear plain white polo shirts. The school also has a PE kit. The uniform provider is Sussex Uniforms and information is available on the school website.
Can the children wear summer dresses?
Yes – a blue and white checked gingham dress can be worn from spring to October half term.
Do the children go over to the Secondary Phase?
As the pupils progress they will be encouraged to use the facilities in the Secondary Phase including the outside space.
What languages to do you study?
We study French and Spanish
Do the children need a school bag?
We encourage all of the Reception Pupils to have a Book bag that they can use to take home pictures / school letters and reading books.
Can older siblings drop off and collect pupils?
Yes, this is possible – however, we encourage parents to discuss this with teachers and staff in advance.
PE Lessons in EYFS
The children have two formal PE lessons per week and the Teacher takes these. The children will take part in various activities with different apparatus and equipment.
Do the children have Music Lessons?
There is singing in the classroom every day in the Reception Year and one formal music lesson per week with instruments.